April 19-7:30 pm
Film Screening and Q & A with
Director Ronit Kertsner
7.30pm Sunday 19 April
What motivates a man to leave his home, wife and children on a cold night, to help Muslim refugees, who are marching towards the border of his country? Hans Breuer, a Jewish wandering shepherd in Austria dedicates his life to help refugees throughout Europe, while singing Yiddish lullabies to comfort them. The film follows Hans and other ordinary citizens who help refugees in any way they can. It is a thought-provoking film about compassion, its origins, and its boundaries while connecting Jewish history with current reality. The film starts in 2015 amidst the biggest refugee crisis and it ends about two years later in times of cynical political changes that also affected the lives of people who believed that the worst was behind them. The film draws parallels between the situation that refugees from Moslem countries are facing today and the way Jewish people were treated not so long ago.
After the film there will be a Q & A session with the film director, Ronit Kertsner.
Refugee Lullaby is her sixth feature-length documentary. She is interested in stories related to the question of identity as she was separated from her mother at birth and only found her after her adoptive parents had passed away.
We are showing this film to mark Yom HaShoah which is on 21 April.